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Obamacare is not working

by Candice Miller on July 18, 2013

Congresswoman Candice Miller: Obamacare is not working

   Khalil AlHajal | By Khalil AlHajal | Follow on Twitter on July 18, 2013 at  8:30 AM, updated July 18, 2013 at  9:52 AM

 President Barack Obama plans to speak Thursday on rebates that consumers are receiving from insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, a day after the GOP-led House voted to delay by one year the employer mandate of the law and implement a similar grace period to individuals. (AP Photo/Luke Sharrett/Pool)

DETROIT, MI — After the Obama administration earlier this month decided to delay implementation of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act, Republicans in Congress are making full use of the concession.

A requirement for companies with 50 or more employees to provide affordable health insurance to full-time workers was set to take effect in January, but has been pushed forward to 2015.

The GOP-led House on Wednesday approved one bill that would make that delay law and a second bill that would also delay by one year the requirement for individuals to obtain coverage.

“The president is not a king. He is the president,” said U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Twp.) on the House floor Wednesday. “He does not have the authority to change the law and to delay the employer mandate on his own. Congress must give him that authority. And I would say to the president that we will delay the job-killing employer mandate, as he has asked, and we will also extend the same relief to all the American people.”

Miller joined a number of Republicans who took aim at President Barack Obama for conceding that requiring businesses to provide coverage by January would be difficult.

“It appears that the Obama Administration has finally come to the conclusion that the employer mandate in ObamaCare is a job killer,” Miller said.

She and other Republicans pointed out that several labor unions wrote to Democratic leaders last week complaining that the employer mandate may have created an incentive to limit employees’ hours.

“I agree with the Teamsters that employer mandate is a job killer,” Miller said. “And eliminating the employer mandate would not stop the individual mandate which requires every American to purchase government-approved insurance that they may not want, that they can’t afford and may not be provided by their employers, or otherwise they have to pay a penalty.”

The votes marked the 38th time since January 2011 that House Republicans have tried to eliminate, defund or scale back the Affordable Care Act, according to the Associated Press.

Obama plans to deliver speak Thursday on rebates that consumers are receiving from insurance companies under the law.


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